High School Sports

For Riverhawks, it's all about surviving

PASCO -- Chiawana girls coach Steve Davis has been through the postseason wars a few times during his career.

After watching his team hang on for a 56-51 first-round 4A Eastern Regional home win over Southridge on Tuesday night, he passed along this bit of advice to his Riverhawks.

"I just told the girls, 'I may not be pleased with what happens, but right now, if you get the win, that's all that matters,' " Davis said.

Chiawana (22-2) advanced to play Lewis & Clark, a 57-49 winner over Moses Lake, in Friday's 5:30 p.m. semifinal at Toyota Center. The winner clinches a berth at next week's state tournament in Tacoma.

"I just know from years past they're always good," said Riverhawks junior Shelby Ellsworth of LC, which won three state titles from 2006-08.

"These are the playoffs. It's crunch time now. This is when it all counts. This will not be a game we can coast through. We'll have to play hard. "

Southridge (16-9) plays Moses Lake in a loser-out game at 4 p.m. Friday at Toyota Center.

"Our last meeting with them, they came after us," said Suns junior Jamie Lyons, referring to ML's win in last Friday's district tournament. "We had already beaten them twice, and we thought, why not do it again? We'll be ready for them this time."

The Riverhawks built a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter, then survived a 3-point barrage by the Suns.

"I wish we could have gone a little longer," said Lyons, whose trey with 3:22 to play closed the gap to 49-44. "We had the momentum at the end."

Chiawana held on thanks to its 43-18 advantage on the boards, including 17 offensive rebounds they converted for 20 points.

None were bigger than Hayley Hodgins' putback with 2:55 left. After a Suns turnover, Chiawana kept the ball for over a minute, grabbing two offensive rebounds before Mikaela Rivard's 17-footer from the right baseline with 1:40 left pushed the lead back to 53-44.

"That's an advantage we should have with our big kids," Davis said.

Chiawana led 28-19 at halftime, then slowly extended its advantage on the backs of Ellsworth and junior reserve Kendyl Reynolds.

Ellsworth scored on back-to-back layins in the high-low post game, and Reynolds hit a 3-pointer and scored a three-point play on a putback with 4:29 left in the third to give Chiawana a 44-27 lead.

Reynolds led the Riverhawks with 15 points, and Ellsworth added 14.

"Shelby did a real good job recognizing the mismatch she had and going down low," Davis said. "And Kendyl stepped up and knocked down some shots for us."

But then the Suns defense came to life, holding the Riverhawks scoreless for 5 minutes, and the offense eventually came around.

Lyons hit a pair of jumpers to end the quarter, and Jenna Wallace got free for a pair of 3s to open the fourth as Southridge went on a 14-3 run to get within 47-41 with 6:17 to play.

"We went to a zone and limited them to one shot," said Suns coach Scott Stiles. "Then we got Jenna and Jamie loose, and our shooters started to hit. That was huge for us."

Lyons scored a game-high 18 points and Wallace added 16, while Paige Sorensen dished out six assists.

Sadie Sparks grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for Chiawana, and Rivard chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Chiawana 56, Southridge 51

SOUTHRIDGE -- Jamie Lyons 18, Worley 7, J.Wallace 16, Upton 2, Sorensen 6, Sanders, E.Wallace, Stein 2. Totals 19-51 5-8 51.

CHIAWANA -- Sparks 7, Ellsworth 14, Valdez 5, Hodgins 5, Rivard 10, Kendyl Reynolds 15, Huisingh, White. Totals 21-52 10-13 56.

Southridge 12 7 15 17 -- 51

Chiawana 16 12 16 12 -- 56

Highlights -- Sou 8x16 3pt, Chi 4x14; Sou 18 rbs, Chi 43; Sou 11 TOs, Chi 15; Paige Sorensen 6 rbs, 6 asts; Sadie Sparks 13 rbs, 3 asts; Mikaela Rivard 7 rbs, 4 asts; Hayley Hodgins 7 rbs.